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The world goes on / László Krasznahorkai ; translated from the Hungarian by John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet, and George Szirtes.

By: Krasznahorkai, László.
Contributor(s): Batki, John [translator.] | Mulzet, Ottilie [translator.] | Szirtes, George, 1948- [translator.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London, England : Tuskar Rock, 2017Description: 208 pages ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781788160117; 1788160118.Subject(s): Hungarian fictionGenre/Form: Short stories. | Psychological fiction.DDC classification: 894.51134
Contents:
He speaks: Wandering-Standing -- On velocity -- He wants to forget -- How lovely -- At the latest, in Turin -- World goes on -- Universal Theseus -- One hunderd people all told -- Not on the Heraclitean path -- He narrates: Nine dragons crossing -- One time on 381 -- Gyorgy Feher's Henrik Molnar -- Bankers -- Drop of water -- Downhill on a forest road -- The bill -- That Gagarin -- Obstacle theory -- Journey in a place without blessings -- He bids farewell: I don't need anything from here.
Summary: "A Hungarian interpreter obsessed with waterfalls, at the edge of the abyss in his own mind, wanders the chaotic streets of Shanghai. A traveller, reeling from the sights and sounds of Varanasi, encounters a giant of a man on the banks of the Ganges ranting on the nature of a single drop of water. A child labourer in a Portuguese marble quarry wanders off from work one day into a surreal realm utterly alien from his daily toils. In The World Goes On, a narrator first speaks directly, then tells twenty-one unforgettable stories, and then bids farewell ('for here I would leave this earth and these stars, because I would take nothing with me'). As Laszlo Krasznahorkai himself explains: 'Each text is about drawing our attention away from this world, speeding our body toward annihilation, and immersing ourselves in a current of thought or a narrative...' The World Goes On is another masterpiece by the winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. 'The excitement of his writing,' Adam Thirlwell proclaimed in the New York Review of Books, is that he has come up with his own original forms-there is nothing else like it in contemporary literature." --Publisher description.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

Shortlisted for The Man Booker International Prize 2018A Hungarian interpreter obsessed with waterfalls, at the edge of the abyss in his own mind, wanders the chaotic streets of Shanghai. A traveller, reeling from the sights and sounds of Varanasi, encounters a giant of a man on the banks of the Ganges ranting on the nature of a single drop of water. A child labourer in a Portuguese marble quarry wanders off from work one day into a surreal realm utterly alien from his daily toils.In The World Goes On, a narrator first speaks directly, tells twenty-one unforgettable stories, then bids farewell ('for here I would leave this earth and these stars, because I would take nothing with me'). As László Krasznahorkai himself explains: 'Each text is about drawing our attention away from this world, speeding our body toward annihilation, and immersing ourselves in a current of thought or a narrative...' The World Goes On is another masterpiece by the winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. 'The excitement of his writing,' Adam Thirlwell proclaimed in the New York Review of Books, 'is that he has come up with his own original forms-there is nothing else like it in contemporary literature.'

Translated from the Hungarian.

He speaks: Wandering-Standing -- On velocity -- He wants to forget -- How lovely -- At the latest, in Turin -- World goes on -- Universal Theseus -- One hunderd people all told -- Not on the Heraclitean path -- He narrates: Nine dragons crossing -- One time on 381 -- Gyorgy Feher's Henrik Molnar -- Bankers -- Drop of water -- Downhill on a forest road -- The bill -- That Gagarin -- Obstacle theory -- Journey in a place without blessings -- He bids farewell: I don't need anything from here.

"A Hungarian interpreter obsessed with waterfalls, at the edge of the abyss in his own mind, wanders the chaotic streets of Shanghai. A traveller, reeling from the sights and sounds of Varanasi, encounters a giant of a man on the banks of the Ganges ranting on the nature of a single drop of water. A child labourer in a Portuguese marble quarry wanders off from work one day into a surreal realm utterly alien from his daily toils. In The World Goes On, a narrator first speaks directly, then tells twenty-one unforgettable stories, and then bids farewell ('for here I would leave this earth and these stars, because I would take nothing with me'). As Laszlo Krasznahorkai himself explains: 'Each text is about drawing our attention away from this world, speeding our body toward annihilation, and immersing ourselves in a current of thought or a narrative...' The World Goes On is another masterpiece by the winner of the 2015 Man Booker International Prize. 'The excitement of his writing,' Adam Thirlwell proclaimed in the New York Review of Books, is that he has come up with his own original forms-there is nothing else like it in contemporary literature." --Publisher description.

Translated from the Hungarian.

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Library Journal Review

In the opening piece in Man Booker International Prize winner Krasznahorkai's near-mystical new work, a wanderer seeking to leave a forbidding place at first finds his hands and feet bound, then manages a "forced march" before falling over exhausted and realizing that he will die "there at home, where everything is cold and sad." Rather like life darkly perceived or the depths of depression. The piece perfectly sets up what follows: dense, stylized meditations that aren't exactly fiction or essay or philosophical treatise but something sui generis, representative of Krasznahorkai's unique mind. A lecturer's investigation of melancholy, reflections on moral law inspired by Nietzsche's paralysis after witnessing a horse's beating-these are the wonders and challenges found here. VERDICT Definitely for high-end readers; for the curious, a good place to start. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.